People are interested in water like never before, especially in California. With all the ups and downs in the industry in recent years – drought, floods, conservation, new laws and regulations – it can be confusing. Water agencies love that people are interested in water! The more we can teach people about how the water industry works, the better they will understand their role, and ours, as participants in the water community. This is one reason CV Water Counts – a collaborative of the five public water purveyors and one mutual water district in the Coachella Valley – created the Water Counts Academy.
The Water Counts Academy is designed for current and emerging leaders in the Coachella Valley. As the name implies, the Academy is held in a classroom setting at the UC Riverside Campus in Palm Desert. We are beginning our third session of the 5-week academy on Jan 29, 2019. The Water Counts Academy consists of four once-per-week lecture sessions that offer a comprehensive look into the water industry, both regionally as well as state-wide. The Academy program covers the history, use and management of water through lectures given by experts in the field, culminating in a full-day tour of water facilities in the Coachella Valley and a graduation ceremony. There is no tuition for the program, and food and refreshments will be provided during the classes.
Topics to be covered include: conservation in the Coachella Valley, agriculture and water-efficient techniques, groundwater and long-term sustainability, water quality, golf and recycled water, imported water supplies from the State Water Project, imported water supplies from the Colorado River, and the economics of water and water rates.
If you are interested in any of these water issues then this is the Academy for you!
If you would like to be considered for the 2019 Academy Class, please join our interest list by completing and submitting form located here.